On July 13, 2015, the unthinkable happened to the family of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old who was a “bright, beautiful, outspoken, bold, caring, loving and intelligent individual,” says her sister Shante Needham.
Three days after being arrested during a routine traffic stop, Bland was found hanging in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. She had been pulled over by state trooper Brian Encinia, who told her it was because she had failed to signal a lane change. Later, dashcam footage would reveal Encinia asking Bland to put out her cigarette.
Staff at an immigration centre where four men died warned bosses lives were at risk a YEAR before the first death, explosive new evidence reveals. As an official investigation into the scandal is set to begin, whistleblowers today claim the mental health of detainees has been seriously neglected.
They say refugee asylum seekers at Morton Hall in Lincolnshire are driven to self-harm and the brink of suicide as they are bullied by convicted criminals awaiting deportation – and even used to smuggle drugs around “no-go areas” in the centre.
“So how much of your work is really documenting the ineptitude of the police?” Stan Douglas is laughing at my question without completely avoiding it. “Well, the work can’t conceal the points at which they are out of their depth,” he says.
We’re sitting in the Victoria Miro gallery in Mayfair, London, talking over the sounds of drilling as the artist’s latest large-scale works are secured to the wall next door.